I purchased an Intel 660p SSD because the specifications stated that it supports hardware encryption. However, while my prior SSD (a Samsung device) provides an option in the BIOS to set a password, this drive does not.
Another user previously asked a similar question and did not receive an answer, and the question is also being asked on other forums. I am beginning to believe the specifications stating this drive supports hardware encryption are deceptive. If that is not the case, please provide instructions on how to enable hardware encryption with a user-provided secret on Windows, Linux, and MacOS.
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Thanks for your reply. At this time I'm preparing to return the device (the return window ends this week), so I'm not about to image my Windows install onto it, especially given the evidence that it does not support any encryption accessible to end users (see below). I did run the Intel SSU for Linux from a live USB stick, but it did not even examine the drive; the Linux version is a shell script, and it only appears to examine /dev/hd* and /dev/sd* devices, so the output did not include any data for this /dev/nvme* device. The output also included various serial numbers, so I'm not inclined to post it in a public forum. (For reference, my system is a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 370, and, as stated previously, its UEFI/BIOS supports setting a "Hard Disk1" password for a Samsung NVMe device. That option does not appear when the Intel device is installed.)
Digging deeper into this, I noticed a few things. First, my Samsung SSD states it supports TCG Opal 2.0, which I now understand to be a standard for drive-level hardware encryption. While the Intel product briefs for some "professional"-line SSDs mention supporting TCG Opal, I cannot find a reference to the Intel 660p supporting the same. Second, running sedutil-cli --scan confirmed that the Intel 660p does not support TCG Opal, while the Samsung device does. I therefore conclude that this device does not support TCG Opal. Given the disappearance of the drive password setting in the UEFI config when the Intel device is installed, I further conclude that it does not support an ATA Security-style password, at least with my system.
I've burned most of a weekend working on this, and I've yet to find any reference to a user successfully setting a password for hardware encryption with the Intel 660p. If you know of a method that has worked, please let me know; otherwise, I am returning this device, and will no longer rely on Intel's ark site as an authoritative source of information.
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